Last June 1, 2015, Honda announced that they will be aiming for a Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency with the use of the Honda Civic Tourer with i-DTEC, Honda's diesel engine. After 25 days, 24 EU countries and 13,497 kilometers, Honda has achieved its goal with the Civic Tourer averaging 35.5 km/l. The Civic now holds the title for “Lowest Fuel Consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries”
The Honda Civic Tourer i-DTEC used was equipped with a 1.6 liter diesel and was driven by two members of Honda’s European Research & Development team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren. The team started off in Belgium and then proceeded in a clockwise direction across Europe. For the record run, the Civic Tourer averaged 1,500 kilometers on a single tank. The Civic Tourer i-DTEC's official fuel economy stands at 26.3 km/l. At 35.5 km/l, the Civic Tourer exceeded the official fuel economy rating by 26%.
The team averaged 611.5 kilometers a day with 7.5 hour driving stints in between them. For each day, the team averaged 81.53 km/h. “It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title has made all of the hard work worthwhile. This was a huge team effort so I’d like to thank everyone involved for all of their commitment and support. After spending so much time behind the wheel Julian and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!” said Fergal McGrath, one of the drivers for the record run.
For the record to count, the car must be a standard model in every respect, with no modifications to create an advantage, to replicate ‘real world’ conditions. Independent adjudicators then witnessed the run from start to end. For each fuel stop, the car was given a full tank to ensure no weight advantage. The tires were also inflated to the recommended pressures and the wheel alignment set to factory specification to represent the experience of the real world use.
"This is an incredible achievement and the team should all be very proud of the efforts that they have put in to set this new Guinness World Record. Driving the equivalent distance from their home in the UK to Australia in just 25 days is a huge challenge very few would take on. The fuel economy figures are remarkable – particularly when you consider that this is not a small car, but an estate with class-leading load space and vast practicality.” said Leon Brannan, Head of Cars for Honda (UK).